Dot writes: Frank is ten months old. He can clap and wave, babble ‘ga ga, da da, urglurglurgle’, drink rather inefficiently from a spouted cup, and flirt the socks off anybody. He is extremely wriggly: nappy-changes are exercises in wrestling unless he can be distracted with songs, tummy-tickling or a toy (but often he can’t). He spends mealtimes urgently trying to reach his brother’s plate. He has five teeth and an irresistible smile. He likes to splash in the bath. He understands ‘no’, though the circumstances have to be very straightforward e.g. he will stop eating earth from a plant-pot if you say ‘no’ firmly enough. He hates to be trapped in a pushchair and wants to crawl in unsuitable places, in his own chosen direction. He can stand unsupported and ‘cruise’ supporting himself on the furniture; we don’t think it will be long before he walks. I’m making some notes just to capture this moment before the change.